Values for quality cattle appear to have reached a stable level of affordability, when todays sale of 1856 head went under the hammer for the 11th weaner and calf sale conducted by Monaro Livestock and Property, Cooma.
'Solid and firm' was the general consensus as buyers still continued to have confidence in the beef market as numbers across the board continue to be limited.
Very good lines of weaner steers were penned and the extra weight reflects the good seasonal conditions during late spring and into summer.
Roger and June Salis, Dalgety, sold the annual draft of weaners and were very pleased with the sale.
"We had a very dry winter but the season came good at the end and the calves finished well," Mr Salis said.
Their offering of 21 Hazeldean-blood black baldies weighing 316kg sold for $1730.
Values for weaner steers weighing 300 to 400kg ranged from $1720 (304kg) to $1850 (370kg) while those under 300kg sold from $1685 (257kg) to $1760 (292kg).
Yearling steers sold from $1660 (338kg) to $2100 for two Charolais weighing 515kg.
Representatives sales of steers included 20 Angus weighing 337kg sold for $1770 on account AM Reid and Co, Berridale,: 20 Charolais weighing 326kg sold for $1735 on account Nothvale Park, Bemboka, and eight Angus weighing 368kg sold for $1820 on account WC and MD Hampson, Nimmitabel.
In the heifer pens, values for those in the 300-400kg weight range sold from $1590 (306kg) to $1750 (392kg) while those under 300kg sold to $1570 for 14 Herefords weighing 284kg sold by DJ and Dwyer and Sons, Jindabyne for $1570.
Local restockers compteed with feedlot interests and buyers from Goulburn, Bungendore, Young, Coonamble and Monaro while orders from Pakenham, Victoria were very storng.
- Full sale report next week